Last week I was sent across a bottle of the newest addition to the velvet collection by Dolce & Gabbana.
To compliment D&G best sellers such as Light Blue and The One, the Velvet Collection is an line up of artisanal fragrance that were introduced to offer an extra layer of luxury to the fragrance portfolio (as if David Gandy & Bianca Bialti on a boat in Capri wasn’t already enough for us).
This collection pays homage to the designers sartorial heritage and revisits a host of vintage Italian ingredients. We’ve had Velvet Incenso on review, which nods to the unique history of Arab Sicily.
The first thing to say is that the packaging is super slick and would be very much at home on a Dapper Chapper’s counter. The bottle is encased in a black box with a velvet finish and a golden label. The box opens to present the bottle which follows suit with the slick black and gold combo and velvet finish on the lid.
But what does it smell like, I hear you cry!
The first thing I thought is that it’s a fairly mature fragrance. A peppery smell was the first note to dominate, which upon reading the press release is the ‘black pepper essence’ which is obtained by a cutting-edge extraction that preserves the aroma of freshly cut peppercorns.’
Citrus is discreet but combined with elemi essence adding the heat in the fragrance. Delicate notes of cinnamon and vanilla come through leaving you with a quite a woody finish.
It’s a really strong fragrance and made for a chapper that is looking to make a statement. The price-point is likely to make it a little more exclusive at £200 for 50ml and £325 for 150ml.
To conclude, it’s an indulgent evening fragrance that’s bound to get commented on.